Frequently Asked Questions

The EMS University 48 Hour Paramedic Refresher Course Meets NREMT Requirements for Recertification.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Recertification Questions
Does your course meet San Diego County EMS Authority (EMSA), requirements for recertification?
Does your course meet California EMS Authority (EMSA), requirements for recertification?
Does your course meet National Registry of EMT (NREMT) requirements for recertification?
I'm from out of state or hold certification in a state other than California. How do I become certified to practice as a Paramedic in California?
I'm from out of San Diego County or hold certification in a county other than California. How do I become certified to practice as a Paramedic in San Diego?
How long after passing the course will I receive proof of taking the Paramedic Refresher course?
How do I recertify my Paramedic Certification?
What information will be listed on my certification?
Do you offer the Paramedic Challenge Course?
My State/County certification lapsed. Can I get it back?
Course Questions:
How long is the Paramedic Refresher course?
What if I fail the exam?
Can you explain what is included in the course?
What is the cost?

Registration Questions:
How do I register for the course?

Payment Questions:
How do I get a receipt for my payment?
It says my payment cannot be accepted, what is the problem?
Recertification Questions:
Does your course meet San Diego County Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) requirements for recertification?
Yes, we are approved by the San Diego County EMS Authority and hold a current Continuing Education Provider Number. We are also accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) to provide the NREMT Paramedic Refresher courses. CE hours are automatically approved by San Diego County EMSA and CECBEMS concurrently. Students will be issued a course completion certificate which works for both regulatory bodies. You can verify our credentials by visiting the San Diego County EMSA website and clicking on the CE Provider List. You can also verify our CECBEMS Accreditation by visiting CECBEMS and clicking on the "Providers" link.

If you are new to San Diego County, in addition to recertification requirements for the state of California, you will be required to complete a San Diego County Paramedic Accreditation Workshop. The Workshop is required to work in the County. The class is approximately 8-12 hours and largely covers local response and protocol criteria. You can get more information about this class by going to the San Diego County EMSA website and clicking on the CE Provider List.

Does your course meet California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) requirements for recertification?
Yes, we are approved by the California EMS Authority and hold a current Continuing Education Provider Number through San Diego County. We are also accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) to provide the NREMT Paramedic Refresher courses. CE hours are automatically approved by the California EMSA, San Diego County EMSA, and CECBEMS concurrently. Students will be issued a course completion certificate which works for both regulatory bodies. You can verify our credentials by visiting the California EMSA website and clicking on the CE Provider List. You can also verify our CECBEMS Accreditation by visiting CECBEMS and clicking on the "Providers" link.

The 48 hour Paramedic Refresher Course will enable you to recertify by Continuing Education hours and includes the necessary 24 hours of Instructor Based content required by the California EMS Authority for Paramedic Recertification. If you have additional questions regarding the recertification process, please visit the California EMSA website.

Does your course meet National Registry of EMT (NREMT) requirements for recertification?
As a 48 Hour Paramedic Refresher/Transition course as defined in the 2009 National EMS Education Standards, approved by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), we meet NREMT requirements for recertification. Please be advised that the NREMT requires additional hours for recertification. You can get further information by going to the NREMT's Website.

I'm from out of state or hold certification in a state other than California. How do I become certified to practice as an Paramedic in California?
The state of California requires that Paramedics who wish to transfer to California are either certified in another state or hold current NREMT certification in order to practice as an Paramedics in California. Our Paramedic Refresher course meets the NREMT requirement which is most likely the easiest option for becoming a Paramedic in California. The California EMS Authority has provided video based instructions on the initial certification process for out of state Paramedics. You can watch this video below:



For assistance on recertification requirements in general, please see the California EMSA website, by Clicking Here.

I'm from out of state or hold certification in a state other than California. How do I become certified to practice as a Paramedic in San Diego?
The state of California requires that Paramedics who wish to transfer to California are either certified in another state or hold current NREMT certification in order to practice as an Paramedics in California. Our Paramedic Refresher course meets the NREMT requirement which is most likely the easiest option for becoming a Paramedic in California. The California EMS Authority has provided video based instructions on the initial certification process for out of state Paramedics. You can watch this video below:



For assistance on recertification requirements in general, please see the California EMSA website, by Clicking Here.

How long after passing the course will I receive proof of taking the Paramedic Refresher Course?
Your course validation certificate will be available immediately upon course completion. Therefore, as soon as you have completed and successfully passed the final examination, you will be issued your validation certificate.

How do I recertify my Paramedic Certification?
You may recertify as an California Paramedic by taking our Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) Approved Paramedic Refresher Course. If you are seeking to meet NREMT recertification requirements, you may use our course to satisfy the formal Paramedic Refresher portion. Our course is a 48 Hour Paramedic Refresher/Transition course as defined in the 2009 National EMS Education Standards, approved by the CECBEMS.

What information will be listed on my certification?
The certification will state the name of the student, training program name and number (as authorized by the state), the program director's signature, and the following topic areas and hours:
Topic Covered Recommended Length
Airway Management, Respirations and Artificial Ventilation 16.0 Hours
Medicine 8.0 Hours
Trauma 6.0 Hours
Special Patient Populations 16.0 Hours
EMS Operations 2.0 Hours
Total Hours Covered 48.0 Hours


Do you offer the Paramedic Challenge Course?
NOTE: EMS UNIVERSITY DOES NOT OFFER THE PARAMEDIC CHALLENGE COURSE

My State/County certification lapsed. Can I get it back?
The following information is adapted from the California EMS Authority's website:

Lapsed certifications may require additional continuing education (CE) as outlined below:

  • For lapses of less than 6 months, 24 hours of CE or 24 hours of an approved refresher course is required with no additional CE
  • For lapses of 6 months to less than 12 months an additional 12 hours of CE for a total of 36 hours of CE is required
  • For lapses of 12 months to less than 24 months an additional 24 hours of CE for a total of 48 hours of CE is required and the applicant must pass the written and skills certification exam.
  • For lapses of 24 months or more, the individual must complete an entire Paramedic course and successfully pass the written and skills certifying exam and apply with a local EMS agency for certification.

Course Questions:
How long is the Paramedic Refresher course?
The course is 48 hours.

What if I fail the exam?
The score to pass and receive your validation certificate is 75%. You are permitted to take the exam a maximum of 3 times prior to being required to take the course all over again. If you must repeat the course, we can offer you a discounted rate. Ask your instructor for details.

Can you explain what is included in the course?
All classes include didactic, written and audiovisual materials to enhance learning. In addition, there is a written exam required by the state at the end of each course. Passing with a grade of 75% or better is required to obtain your validation certificate. You can see the course summary by clicking here.

What is the cost?
The cost to take one course is $345.00. Also, please keep in mind that we promise the lowest price in San Diego for an Paramedic Refresher Course. In the event that you find a lower price, we will provide an additional 10% off the competitor's price. This way you receive the lowest possible price for your recertification.

Registration Questions:
How do I register for the course?
In order to register for the Paramedic Refresher course, you can call us at (800) 728-0209 or Register Online. In order to secure your seat, in the class, you must pay the registration fee.

Payment Questions:
How do I get a receipt for my payment?
The process is simple... You can request this by using the live support chat button, emailing us at info@sandiegoparamedic.com or by calling us at (800) 728-0209. Be sure to include the email address, payment method, and the last 4 numbers of your credit card. We try to make it as easy as possible for you. We can email, fax or mail your receipt. The process usually takes 24 hours to complete. If you need it done quicker, calling or using the live support option are the best ways of receiving a rapid response.

It says my payment cannot be accepted, what is the problem?
Most payment issues involve the incorrect identification of a Card Verification Code (CVC) or a Zipcode/Address mismatch. In order to find the correct CVC for your credit or debit card, click here. If you continue to experience issues, you may contact us using the live support chat button or call us at (800) 728-0209. We will be happy to review your payment and provide more information.